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9 of the Best Picnic Spots in Kent


With National Picnic Week kicking off tomorrow, it’s time to grab your comfiest picnic blanket, fill a wicker basket with yummy food and head out of the door to one of these delightful picnic spots in Kent! 

The idea might be to take a break from technology and embrace the great outdoors, but we guarantee that some of these spots are Instagram-worthy… 

1) Lullingstone Country Park

Lullingstone Country Park is home to hundreds of ancient trees, some of which are thought to be 800 years old! With beautiful grassland speckled with wild flowers throughout the summer months, this picture-perfect country park is the ideal spot if you’re looking for stunning Kentish countryside. 

The car park fees are £1.50 Monday-Friday and £2 weekends and bank holidays. 

2) Trosley Country Park

Covering 170 acres of woodland and chalk downland, Trosely Park is the perfect choice for stunning views of the Kent Downs. There are 3 walking trails if you fancy stretching your legs before settling down for a picnic (including the Trosley Trail which is an easy access route). 

Parking is £1.50 Monday-Friday and £2.50 weekends and bank holidays.

3) Shorne Woods Country Park

Shorne Woods Country Park is one of the most popular country parks in Kent. With 300 acres of woodland, meadows and wetlands to explore, it’s easy to see why! Take a walk around the natural haven by following one of the walking trails and bring out the sandwiches in an idyllic private spot.  

Parking costs £2 Monday-Friday and £3 weekends and bank holidays. 

4) Brockhill Country Park

The peaceful Brockhill Country Park surrounds a stunning river and lake, the perfect recipe for a picnic! There is also plenty of wildlife and flora and fauna to spot at the park, alongside woods, meadows and dedicated picnic and play areas. 

Parking is £1.50 Monday-Friday and £2.50 weekends and bank holidays. 

5) Grove Ferry Picnic Site

Looking for the perfect water-side spot? Grove Ferry Picnic site is the ideal stop off point on a walk down the River Stour, or, if you’re looking to make a day of it, why not take a boat ride along the river before enjoying your picnic? 

If you’re driving, parking costs £1.30 Monday-Friday and £2 weekends and bank holidays.

6) Penshurst Place Parkland

Go for a picnic with a view at Penshurst Place Parkland! After exploring the stunning Penshurst Place, you will end up wandering through the vast parklands surrounding the manor house. With cycle routes that have been featured in the VisitEngland top 10 scenic routes in the country, this is certainly a grand spot for a picnic!

Find opening times and admissions prices here

7) Knole Park

There are over 1,000 acres of land to explore at Knole Park. After roaming the grounds looking for wild deer (of which there are around 350!) and admiring the impressive country house, you can take a well-earned rest with a picnic in the outdoor seating area. 

Find prices and opening times on the website here

8) Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Yet another grand garden to add to your list, Sissinghurst is a favourite for avid picnickers due to the panorama views of the Kentish countryside that can be seen from the dedicated picnic spot. They’re serious about picnics here; you can even borrow blankets and play big games!

Find opening times and admission prices here.

9) Chartwell

The grassy meadow of Chartwell is the perfect picnic spot. With views of the Kent Weald on one side and the majestic home of Winston Churchill on the other, it’s got something for everyone! Explore the house, roam around the beautiful gardens and enjoy a walk across the estate. 

Find prices and opening times on the website.

Sources:

https://www.kent-life.co.uk/food-drink/pretty-picnic-spots-in-kent-1-5473621

https://www.visitkent.co.uk/visit-kent-blog/top-picnic-spots-in-kent/

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/perfect-picnic-spots-in-kent

Picnics are all well and good while the sun is shining but a rainy day might stop you from heading out with your sandwiches and blanket. Why not check out our top 3 free museums in Kent to keep you entertained come rain or shine?

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